Pearl 7: Doubt is Stealing Your Destiny
The Lord has been speaking to me on this one. If you want to be a mountain mover, you must remove all seeds of doubt. Dig deep because they may be hidden. I think the problem is that we often get lost in reality and responsibility and doubt creeps almost justified stealing the power that allows God to move. It is responsible to do everything we can to provide for our family, even if it takes us from our calling or our family. It is responsible to stay in a job because it offers health insurance and your health is questionable. It is responsible to stay where you are because it brings stability. It may be your reality that the diagnosis says you have six months. It may be your reality that your husband struggles with pornography or an addiction or doesn't show love well. It may be your reality that there is more month at the end of your check. But can we take the lens change from Pearl 6 and apply it here too? Can we begin to shift our view from stuck in a position missing our calling, financially empty, hopeless, weary from praying for those we love that our missing the love of God that frees them and step into a faith that births possibilities and opportunities for God to move?
Jesus didn't operate out of either reality or responsibility. He says to the fisherman... leave your nets (your only source of provision) and follow me. He says to another.... let the dead bury the dead follow me. He says to the blind mind... Open your eyes. He says to the lame ...Walk. He says to the dead...Rise. He said to those with leprosy.... Be healed. He says to the bleeding woman... Your faith has made you whole. He says Mary Magdalene...You are delivered from the demons that have held you captive. If Jesus only operated out of reality and responsibility we wouldn't read any of these testimonies today.
It is also interesting that when Jesus goes home we don't see the consistency with His ministry....
But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household. And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:57
If we want to see a real transforming move of God in our lives, we must stop operating only out of what appears to be responsible or reality. We must step out of a boat of security and step into a boldness of faith that calls forth a very real presence and power of God that a dying world needs to see.
A wise man told me to test my doubt by this question... if you prayed for a woman with cancer and she were healed, would it surprise you? Would you be amazed? If yes, there are seeds of doubt, because truly we should expect the healing not be surprised by it. This is where my husband would chime in...Weeeeeellllll!
You are invited to a new way of life. You not only have an invitation but an obligation to walk as His disciples did because the power did not end with them or Jesus wouldn't have said, "Go make disciples of nations."
It is time we stop allowing doubt to steal our destiny!
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it,
and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. Matthew 21:21
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
We come to you this day on our knees humbling asking for you to remove seeds of doubt that have kept us from our destiny as children of God. Father, we ask that you draw us into your Word because we know that faith comes by hearing the Word. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit Father so that we walk in Your Power. Change us Father so that when others see us we don't have to say we are Christians, because they will know it because signs and wonders follow those that believe. Give us a thirst for more and a desire to live out Your destiny for our lives above our own. Detox us from the American Gospel that teaches us what is responsible and keeps us imprisoned to reality when You offer the impossible. Give us all that is available, Father. Hold nothing back! I pray for each sister of mine reading this message in her office, her car or in her living room that she would be poured out on from Heaven a boldness of Spirit Father. Let her no longer be able to contain what you are doing in her life. Let her be like the woman at the well that met Jesus and ran into the city proclaiming Your goodness. Let Your love for her be so real she can not escape it nor look for anyone else to meet it. Raise up an army of women who see with their hearts and live by Your Faith.
In the name of Jesus,